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Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

669 Ratings
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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 32
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Village Beer Merchant. A not true Czech pils. Consistent with many I have had in that realm, it has a bit of cheesy aroma. Slightly cloudy body. Middling mouthfeel. So-so drinkability, with some bitterness and lemony. Suitable carbonation. Dry finish.

Sammy, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

djrn2, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Great Lakes location in the Cleveland airport. Pours a clear straw color. Crisp and clean but without quite enough hop bite. Dry and drinkable.

Thorpe429, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

zestar, May 10, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

nmann08, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Harrigan’s Tavern, Dayton, OH

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of grassy and floral hops in the nose along with hints of bready malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bready malts and grassy hops. The bready malts really stand out as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is a good representation of the style.

metter98, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden colored liquid topped by an inch of foam that fades away leaving a few drapes of lace

Smell: Lemongrass and grain

Taste: Surprisingly sweet, up front, with a flavor verging on graham cracker but the style quickly comes into focus with a grassy hop bite arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the lemony aspect complements the bitterness but there is a sweet undertone in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Refreshing and flavorful and though the sweetness is a surprise it is a nice complement to the profile

brentk56, May 05, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"The Wright brothers' first flight was shorter than a Boeing 747's wing span."

--interesting fact

Brilliant golden honey with borders of lemon yellow and diamond-like clarity. A wonderful looking crown of piano key ivory occupies the upper third of the glass, hangs around forever, and leaves a fair amount of clingy lace when it eventually fades.

The nose is incredibly fresh and bright, despite the fact that the 'best by' date is 7-26-10. The beer smells grassy, musky and lemony, exactly like noble hops should. That might not sound like much, but believe me, it's incredibly aromatic and is absolutely classic for the Czech Pilsner style.

Great Lakes is not one of my favorite breweries for nothing. These guys do almost every one of the classically German styles right. Righter than right. First impression: it tastes and feels like every one of the original 40 IBUs is still alive and kicking.

The simple (which is as it should be) flavor profile consists of crackery pils malt on the bottom end and a still somewhat buzzsaw-like rush of noble hop bitterness on the top end. Lemon zest plays second fiddle to a pilsner symphony of grassy, musky and even spicy.

The mouthfeel is rock solid too. That's no surprise, since GLBC is one of the best in that department. It's more full than most and has the tingly, lightly stinging carbonation that goes well with lower-ABV, hop-focused beer.

If Great Lakes is looking for a new summer seasonal, they need look no further than The Wright Pils. This should be the blueprint for any U.S. craft brewer who wants to compete with the best that Germany and The Czech Republic have to offer. Thanks to my brother for giving up his only bottle so that I could do a review.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

America is getting really good at brewing traditional European lagers. The bohemian (Czech) lagers display a world of esteem and flaws, and this beer captures them all with elegance and grace.

Brightly colored, the light straw hue properly captures light and carbonation through a prism of gold and yellow highlight. Well headed with cottony froth, the beer's carbonation keeps the foam coming. With persistent retention and clinging lace, the beer is admirable until the last sip.

All the nakedness of pilsner malt is captured in the nose as aromas of dried barley, husk, fresh baking bread, corn-like sulfur, and a faint whiff of butterscotch give a full impression with a lot of character. Accented with floral and herbal hops, the beer carries a notion of honeysuckle and lemongrass.

Fuller flavored than your average lager, this slightly robust elixer balances the taste with the bready, starchy, grainy-sweet taste of lightly kilned barley along side of the herbal and grass hops turn spicy and bitter to finish. Background notes of apple, corn, basil, tomato, and butter engulf the taste and add fullness and zeal to the taste rather than distraction.

Fullness is further felt in the bolder texture of the beer as well. Creamy and lightly zesty carbonation allows the beer to inflate the mouth with slight vegitable oil and starchy textures. Developing into an off dry finish, the beer holds onto a tinge of malt weight even in finish, despite the mild minty-warmth of alcohol and the resinous dryness from hops.

In nearly any other style, the combinations of corn sulfur and butter would be an immediate detractor regarless of how slight the tastes are. But the union in this beer gives added fullness both in flavor and texture. Perhaps this doesn't work for every pilsner, unless it's The Wright Pils ;-)

BEERchitect, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner a light golden with a thinner frothy white head that sticks well,quite sprtitzy in its looks.Aromas have a bit of leafy hops but more toasty malt,a tinge of iron comes into play as well.Flavors of what a pilsner should be,toasty with a shot of leafy/spicy hops in the finish,I like the toast most of all.A great pilsner with real flavor,it's toasted with a shot of noble hops.

oberon, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Anyone else feel this beer is just an addict's rallying cry? ("Bring me the right pills!") Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of soapy white foam. The nose comprises funky wheat, flowers, sharp grass, and minerals. The taste takes out the funk and drives home the flowery/grassy nature of the hops, providing a nicely bitter wash without overdoing it. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a very nice pils, one of the better American examples I've had in recent memory.

TMoney2591, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Dyan. A Czech pils from Great Lakes? Sign me up.

Pours a clear pale gold topped by a big frothy white head. The nose is remarkably fragrant, very floral and doughy with a touch of cooked corn and citrus zest. The yeast profile is decidedly Czech, being more buttery and creamy than sulfuric. Palate is very nice, with floral and grassy hop flavors up front, followed by doughy, creamy, soft pils malt flavors. DMS and diacetyl are present at a low level, signature of Czech pilsner, giving the beer a softer character than the German counterpart. Finishes mildly bittersweet. This beer is hard to put down - Great Lakes continues to impress me with their lagers.

largadeer, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

zeff80, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Long time anticipating a bottle of this stuff. Thanks to my cousin Joe, I landed 3 bottles in my dedicated beer fridge. Pours a beautiful pale golden slightly hazed color with a bright white head forming thick, leaves behind even layered speckled lacing. Perfect grassy pils in every way aromatics end up with a hint of lemon citrus notes and herbal earthy noble hops kicking. Flavor is light biscuit pale malt bready complex for how light and drinkable this beer is. More nice hop interplay with the malts bringing out a dry finish in each sip, nice perfect crisp Czech style pils. I can't wait til this is distributed as the summer seasonal this year it will simply be my staple this summer, lawnmower beer good drinkable and super refreshing. Mine is served a bit cold but it's perfect refreshing pilsener that I'm ready to get more of. This was on tap at the brewpub and sold to go from the gift shop.

WVbeergeek, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

TheManiacalOne, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Real strong grassy nose in this. Earthy and mildly inky flavor on this, but overall fairly smooth, even though there is a noticeable bitter tone. Fairly easy to drink. If it were up to me, I'd probably tone it down and smooth it out a bit. Still a nice beer though.

RblWthACoz, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Kegatron, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a better than average pils. pours crystal clear blond color with a rising white head that has okay retention. smells more hoppy than most of these, with some citrus hops notes on top of the stamdard pilsener malts. flavor is very crisp and dry, very summery. the hops are there for sure, which makes this one more appealing to me. mouthfeel is nice, more medium than light on the body, with fine carbonation. the finish is a little bitter, but its very quick. easy drinking and refreshing. nice brew.

StonedTrippin, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

I enjoyed this chilled in a cervoise from the 12oz. brown bottle

The color is golden with resplendent clarity and thick 2 finger white head with fined bead with lace that sticks well. There is a must mineral aroma with light sweet malt accent and slight herbal hop ester with the yeast ester dominating. The feel is very smooth with moderate carbonation and moderately spicy texture with bitterness in appropriate level with mild sweetness in the finish with mild alcohol and spiced dry finish.

The taste is pretty decent with spiciness of the Czech hops with light herbal taste and gentle malt backing up the hops with slight toastiness - the yeast is the core of the taste with european influence which is heavy on the mineral with a bit of musty and dry flavor and light grassy herbal hops surround the malt with bitter flavor yet more spicy almost peppery in taste indicating saaz to me which fits the style. Not as mellow as a German pils, but in general a nice interpretation of the style and a very drinkable hoppy lager

Slatetank, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a strange glass. Beer is yellow and clear with a huge thick head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low and made up of large bubbles that rise slowly.

Clean bland aroma. Smells fine but overall a little weak.

Thin beer with a slight aftertaste. Mild sweetness up front and not a lot of carbonation in the mouth. Overall I think its OK but not great. Second taste, quite drinkable. Some mild bitterness at the back but the aftertaste it gone. Again, a mild sweetness and a nice finish. I rather like this beer.

drabmuh, May 11, 2010
Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -20.4%

oline73, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

WesWes, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is pilsener malt with a lot of grassy hops. The flavor is grassy hops and lighter malts with some low bitterness. The beer is very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice American-made pilsener.

Mora2000, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed golden. Not as many noticeable bubbles for the style. The white, small-bubbled head leaves some strands of lacing.

The smell is floral/lemongrass and grain. Clean.

The taste is initially sweet and grainy but soon gives way to a floral/lemongrass bitterness with a touch of sulfur. It has a refreshingly dry finish.

It is crisp and refreshing.

This is a well-made, true-to-style Czech-style pils! Very drinkable!

jwc215, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 18, 2013
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Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.